Service learning is experiential learning that includes service. It accomplishes this by addressing the following:

  • The learning is a direct result of engaging in service.
  • The lives of all involved are improved or empowered.
  • The service must be both reciprocal and grounded in relationship building.

Doing, Serving, and Reflecting

Students learn best by doing, by serving, and by reflecting on the experience.

Service learning differs from pure experiential learning in two essential ways:

  1. The goal of service learning is to direct the learners into practical settings where the primary motivation is service.
  2. Learning takes place in two ways as students take part in the experience and then reflect on what happened during the experience as a result of it.

It is also collaborative as it requires students to work together with their teachers in planning educational strategies for the students' own learning.